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Laguna Playhouse presents seven-day Dublin Theatre Festival Tour, October 1-7, 2019

Theater buffs can experience an extraordinary seven-day trip to see the best of Irish and international theater at the Dublin Theatre Festival with insider access in an intimate group with an experienced tour guide. The trip takes place October 1-7, 2019.

Doug Vogel of Laguna Playhouse says, “The tour idea came about because Helen Rigby of Dramarama Theater Tours used to work for Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and used to lead these trips for donors at ACT. Now she independently offers them and came to us with this opportunity for Dublin. There is a Dublin Theatrical Festival going on during this time, so that is the rare opportunity to experience the festival through a knowledgeable theatre guide. I believe this is the first of this kind for Laguna Playhouse and we are hopeful that patrons will want to attend.”

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Historic Abbey Theater

Rigby explains how she became a theater tour guide, “I was first enamored of combining my two passions, theater and travel, when I spent five days in Dublin, Ireland, with a book club, in 2008. It wasn’t even ‘my’ book club, but I met the leader at a party and she invited me to join the group. Having never been to Dublin, I thought, why not? When my boss, the executive director of the theater where I was currently Director of Development, heard about my plans, she said she would like to join me…and by the way, did I know that the Dublin Theatre Festival was going on while we would be there? I didn’t – but when I looked it up, I was fascinated by the myriad choices of performances and booked as many as I could possibly fit into a five-day jaunt. We never saw the book club members, but we did see two performances a day and three shows on one day (which made it really hard to remember which one was which!). We toured Dublin’s historical sites, ate food that surpassed any ideas of “Irish food,” drank numerous pints and Irish coffees and saw fresh new works as well as classics. I was hooked. Travel and theater – that is what I want to do!” 

Tour highlights

This tour offers theater access in a small group in the hip and historic city of Dublin, Ireland. Guests will enjoy performances at the Dublin Theatre Festival, including shows at the historic Abbey and Gate Theaters, plus talks with visiting guests led by a knowledgeable artistic guide. From the quaint hotel located in the city center, attendees will explore Dublin on a guided walking tour, take a day trip into the Irish countryside, enjoy fine dining and shopping – all offered with a dash of wonderful Irish hospitality.

Tour highlights include: Six nights at the treasured Buswells Hotel, complimentary Irish breakfast at the hotel each morning, five to seven productions featured at the Dublin Theatre Festival, discussions with festival artists led by a theatre professional, backstage tours, private chats with actors, directors, and other guest artists, post-show discussions, welcome and farewell dinners at fine restaurants (plus additional dinners), a guided tour of Dublin, hosted dinners at some of Dublin’s best restaurants, accompanied by Laguna Playhouse staff and led by a seasoned tour director, Helen Rigby.

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Tour of the Irish countryside is a trip highlight 

Why these tours?

Rigby says, “Each tour meets with guest artists in discussions led by knowledgeable artistic guides, who also lead post-show discussions. This tour season we met with the two actors in the cast of Indecent, the director of Downstate (and the new artistic director of ACT in San Francisco) and a group of five young actors working (or not working) in Chicago. In Dublin we were treated to a discussion with Richard in Richard the III, Polonius from Hamlet and the playwright of Rathmines Road. Each discussion brought us more understanding of the thought and creative talent that is involved in ‘putting on a show.’” 

She adds, “And the big one: the patrons on my tours are theater aficionados. They love theater. They attend theater, they enjoy talking about theater and sharing their opinions about theater. Somehow, every single time, the group becomes a family of wine drinking, loud laughing, discussion hungry theater critics.”

Deeper understanding of theatre

“We hope that this trip will help facilitate a deeper understanding of theatre for many of our patrons who wish to take the journey with us and a greater sense of what theatre means to the Dublin community and what it could mean to our community,” says Vogel.

 The cost is $4,450 per person, double occupancy, and $5,250 for single occupancy. There is an early bird discount of $200 for reservations made before April 5, 2019. The tour group is limited in size, so places should be reserved. Reservations require a $1,000 per person deposit, along with a completed and signed reservation form, which will reserve a place for each participant(s) on this program. The balance of the trip is due on or before July 15, 2019.

For more information, contact Doug Vogel at (949) 497-2787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Helen Rigby at (510) 350-7675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Pageant of the Masters to hold additional casting call on Thursday

Can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect, you could be a volunteer cast member in the 2019 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters will hold another casting call on Thursday, March 14 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. 

The team behind the world’s most famous presentation of living pictures is in search for men, women, and children of all sizes and ages to be cast members for this summer’s Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine.

 “I’m thrilled that we can offer another opportunity for folks to get a look backstage at the Irvine Bowl and sign up to be a volunteer cast member for the Pageant,” comments longtime Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy. “I especially wish to invite the ‘locals’ who have never seen our wonderful amphitheater and facilities.”

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All ages are invited to volunteer in the 2019 Pageant of the Masters 

Volunteering for the Pageant of the Masters is a terrific way for people of all ages to spend their summer, and it is common to see several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. Additionally, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.

“Back when the Pageant started in the 1930s, all the volunteers lived right here in Laguna Beach. Today, they come from all over Southern California,” Davy continues. “The production staff and creative team are looking forward to offering new-comers a warm welcome.”

The Pageant of the Masters casting call is an exciting experience for all involved. Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun.

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make-up, and headdress departments, as well as, cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions. 

The casting call will be held at the Irvine Bowl Park at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information on volunteering, call (949) 464-3663.


Laguna Beach Live! presents Kristin Korb Trio tomorrow at Jazz Wednesdays at [seven-degrees]

Tomorrow night (March 13), Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series 2019 presented by Laguna Beach Live! will feature the critically acclaimed bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb, with Andy Langham on piano and Duncan Moore on drums, at [seven-degrees].

There are few bassists who can sing and there are even fewer who can do it well. Kristin Korb is one of those artists who make you forget that she is playing the bass when you hear her crystalline voice. Inspired by the days when music was romantic and made you want to dance, Kristin and her trio embody that spirit and carry their audiences along for the ride.

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Critically acclaimed bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb performs tomorrow night at Jazz Wednesdays presented by Laguna Beach Live!

Kristen has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College, and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University.

She continues to be involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps, and festivals with young students. She tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel, and Jan Lundgren.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

The concert is from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 when a full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713. 

 [seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LagunaTots returns to No Square Theatre – the kids take over the stage on March 15

Fun for the whole family abounds as youngsters take the stage at No Square Theatre in LagunaTots 2019. Performances run from March 15 to March 24.

You think it’s hard being an adult? Kids nowadays have serious things to worry about: dress codes, vaccinations, phones, lice, puberty, phones, brace, hormones. And did we mention phones? This original musical parody spoof zeroes in on the issues that plague the younger set…with hilarious results. 

No Square’s Youth Theatre Director Ella Wyatt is the writer and director with additional lyrics by Rufino Cabang and some of the kids in the cast. Music direction is by Susan Thoren. The show is choreographed by Ella with Rylee Bullington, a LagunaTots alumnus and senior at Laguna Beach High School. Rylee is featured in the high school’s current production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Laugh your socks off at LagunaTots this month, featuring local talented youth addressing the issues that matter most to them

The talented cast of LagunaTots includes Katie Baker, Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Will Briggs, Mason Bruderer, Lula Buckle, Story Bullington, Quinn Butler, Elisa Camacho, Nicolas Camacho, Harlo Cozzens, Sarina Doshi-O’Neil, Chloe Flaherty, Anna Gabriel, Laird Garcia, Grace Gilchrist, Jonah Goldstein, Lila Goldstein, Kate Hennessy, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Hannah Kaiser, Lauren Kimball, Lydia Kimball, Marco Lapayese-Calderon, Jude Lifeset, Sienna Mason, Maris Morgan, Douglas Nottage, Chloe O’Kane, Karina Pitz, Nathan Ryan, Kate Storke, Allie Swellen, Lila Tacklind, and Leah Turner.

Opening night is on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m., with shows continuing on Saturday, March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., Friday, March 17 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 17 and 24 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for kids (ages 12 and under) and $25 for adults. All seats are reserved, and this show always sells out. So plan ahead and get your tickets now at www.nosquare.org

No Square Theatre is generously supported by The Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, The City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, FOA Foundation, Laguna Beach Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. It is a small venue and all seats are good.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.nosquare.org.


Live! at the Museum presents SAKURA cello quintet on Thursday, March 14

Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum are proud to present the talented cello quintet SAKURA on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

A unique and versatile cello quintet, hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, SAKURA is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members: Michael Kaufman, Benjamin Lash, Gabriel Martins, Yoshika Masuda, and Peter Myers. 

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Enjoy a night of captivating music with SAKURA

SAKURA explores great music of the past through dazzling arrangements that offer fresh perspectives on familiar notes, and continually expands the five-cello repertoire into the future by commissioning new works. In the tradition of the great chamber ensembles, the quintet distills its interpretations through time, reveling in the pure sonic pleasure of a unified and colorful sound.

Live! at the Museum is a partnership between Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Live! and is generously sponsored by Compass.

Tickets are included with museum admission ($7 for adults and $5 for seniors or students), however advance reservations are recommended due to limited seating and can made here. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org.


Rock for the Cause concert raises $8,100 to benefit Friendship Shelter

Marshall and Elizabeth Ininns, Ivan Spiers, Clay Berryhill and Danielle Cavallucci, Lea Abel-Stone, Catherine Talarico, Katrina Puffer, Nicole Anderson, Danielle Ward Shuster, and Meghan MacGillivary Weil organized the Rock the Cause event on Monday, March 4 at Skyloft to benefit Friendship Shelter. “Working together to end homelessness in our community one person at a time” was the foundation for a great evening of fun, food, and music by local favorite 133.

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133 plays for happy crowd at Skyloft on Monday, March 4

Ininns reports, “We raised $8,100.00. Today so many of us are very concerned about homelessness in Orange County and especially our home Laguna Beach. Rock for the Cause is a concert to support the Friendship Shelter. The Friendship Shelter provides homes for the homeless in South Orange County. All your generous donations went to the Friendship Shelter. The Friendship Shelter will not stop providing housing until all the homeless are housed. If you missed your chance to come to the Rock for the Cause concert, you can still donate to the Friendship Shelter at www.friendshipshelter.org/events.”


Don’t miss LAM’s latest must-see exhibits 

Laguna Art Museum proudly presents Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book, now through May 27. The great Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840–1909), best known for her performances in the plays of Shakespeare, was a star of the American stage in the 1880s and ‘90s. In 1888, she and her husband built a country home, Arden, in what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Among her many other talents, Modjeska was a gifted storyteller and artist. During breaks in her acting schedule she spent time at Arden writing and illustrating a fairy tale for her grandson, Felix Modjeski, presenting the 147-page bound manuscript to him as a Christmas gift in 1896. 

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Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book opened March 3 and runs through May 27

With handwritten parallel texts in English and Polish, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show Modjeska’s flair for both fantasy and natural observation, the book tells the story of a pair of brothers, Titi and Nunu, who live on Mars. They run away from home, accompanied by their six-legged blue dog, Klembolo, but after some scary adventures return to their family and friends for Christmas.

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Ricardo Gonsalves, Don Juan’s Got the Blues, 1988, silkscreen

Self-Help Graphics is an East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and is on exhibit through May 27. It was founded by Sister Karen Boccalero, who was inspired by the committed social and political commentary she saw in the silkscreen prints made by her fellow nun, the celebrated Sister Corita Kent. In 1982, Boccalero launched the Screenprint Atelier program, which provided Chicano and Latino artists of the Los Angeles region with studio facilities, materials, and the technical guidance of a master printer. The result was an extraordinary and exuberant flowering of the silkscreen print.

The selection of prints is from the large Self-Help Graphics collection purchased by the museum in 1992 with the help of Charlie Miller, René and Norma Molina, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.

LAM new additions permanent collection

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Dan McCleary, Therapy, 2014, oil on canvas

Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its permanent collection largely through donations from collectors, artists, and foundations. Since the beginning of 2018 it has received some outstanding donations of works of art in recognition of the centenary of its founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association. 

On show in the museum for the first time, the Centennial Gifts include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and original prints by acclaimed California artists of the past and the present. The exhibit also includes some promised gifts pledged to the collection during the past year, and two museum purchases. The featured artists include Lita Albuquerque, Tony DeLap, Lorser Feitelson, Joseph Goldyne, Emil Kosa, David Ligare, Dan McCleary, R. Kenton Nelson, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Agnes Pelton, Charles Rollo Peters, and David Simpson. 

The exhibition is a celebration of the museum’s growth as it moves beyond the centennial year and an expression of gratitude toward the donors who, through their gifts, have contributed so richly to Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Spring Art Show, Art in the Park grace the beauty of Crystal Cove with a weekend of creativity

The shimmering ocean and rolling hillsides of Crystal Cove State Park have long inspired artists to paint, write, photograph, compose, tell stories, dance, and sketch. Be it a watercolor, a dance, or a musical composition, artists from different genres continue to be inspired by the beauty of the park and the spectacular landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and abundant gifts from nature.

On Friday, March 29, the Spring Art Show Artists Reception takes place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This juried show features the work of 50 local artists along with live music, food and refreshments. Admission is $20 to the general public, $10 for Conservancy members. Tickets can be purchased at https://crystalcove.org/event/spring-art-show-3/

On Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., in the Crystal Cove Historic District, Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy will host a Spring Art Show and Art in the Park – a day filled with activities that celebrate the integration of art and nature through workshops, performances and activities. The Public Art Show continues on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. One-half of the proceeds from the Art Show benefit Crystal Cove Conservancy.

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Participants demonstrate their creativity at Art in the Park

The schedule of events for Art in the Park on Saturday, March 30 (more events will continue to be added) include:

Sea Glass Beach Walk from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Meet in the Education Commons. Come walk along the shoreline with Rick as he shares tips and tricks for finding sea glass and afterwards make your own one-of-a-kind creation. Free; register online.

Native American Blessing from 10 - 10:30 a.m. with Jacque Nunez in the Education Commons. Nunez is a descendent of Crystal Cove’s local tribe, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation.

Watercolor Painting from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Promenade with artist Pamme Turner of the Saddleback Emeritus Institute.

Sea Glass Wrapping from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons.

Spring Art Show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons. (The Public Art Show continues on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Bazaar from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons.

Native American Basket Weaving from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public, free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members. Register online.

Squid Dissection and Ink Art from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Cottage #22. Come learn about the anatomy of a squid and use the squid’s ink sac and pen to create your own art piece.

Native American Storytelling from 12 - 1 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13).

Nature Poetry Workshop from 1 - 2 p.m. with writer Thea Gavin at Cottage #22. With the outdoors as inspiration and classroom, learn new ways of “giving voice” and connecting with nature through simple writing exercises that will combine methodical observation with wild creativity. Limited space available. Register online.

Native American Basket Weaving from 1 - 2 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public; free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members. Register online for the basket-weaving session.

Acoustic Guitar from 2 - 3 p.m. with David Barba outside the Visitor’s Center.

On Monday, April 1, certain artists may be offered to display their work in the Park store’s permanent gallery.

For updated information and to register for events, visit www.crystalcove.com. If you are an artist and interested in entering the Art Show, visit www.onlinejuriedshiws.com for eligibility and guidelines or call 949.376.6200.


Pageant of the Masters offers St. Patrick’s Day special

Feel the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day with a limited time offer to the Pageant of the Masters 2019 production of The Time Machine, running July 7 – August 31, 2019. 

Secure your seats today and experience the famous works of art come to life with $17 tickets available to the Director’s Tier Side Seating with promo code LUCKY19, valid now through March 17. 

“The Pageant of the Masters is a jewel right next to the ocean, and we are excited to offer patrons a chance to save some green with early ticket purchases in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” said Festival of Arts Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. 

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Pageant of the Masters will run July 7 – August 31

“It’s a fun night for the entire family. How many things can you do in the summer with your kids, where you’re having a good time and they’re having a good time? A show like this is unprecedented in more ways than one!”

Said to be unlike any Pageant seen before by Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy, the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine, will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present, and future in search of great art and amazing stories. 

Highlighting the ways in which art reveals and reflects the world in which it was created, The Time Machine will be a ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music, and extraordinary living art under the stars.

The $17 St. Patrick’s Day ticket offer is available for Director’s Tier Side Seating, and applies to Sunday through Friday evening performances only. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, which will take place July 5 – August 31, 2019. 

Purchase tickets online at www.pageantickets.com or call (800) 487-3378.


Festival of Arts “Fresh Faces” exhibit on display now at Wells Fargo Bank

Summer is just around the corner and the Festival of Arts is excited to announce its newest exhibit, Fresh Faces 2019. Presenting the works of the twenty-three newly juried Festival artists, the exhibit will showcase a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more. 

Fresh Faces 2019 runs now through May 24 at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach. The public is invited to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. - 1p.m.

“We are very excited to have twenty-three of the twenty-four new artists joining us for this exhibit,” said Director of Exhibits, Education and Permanent Collections Ron Morrissette. “Their work, along with our longtime exhibitors, will help create one of the most exciting years the Festival has ever seen.”

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Fresh Faces will be on display at Wells Fargo bank through May 24

Fresh Faces 2019 showcases a fascinating look into the world of the innovative and fresh new artwork of twenty-three prestigious artists from Orange County. The artists and mediums being presented are Duncan Asper (Mixed Media), Echo Baker (Oils), Peggy Chang (Oils), Monica Edwards (Oils), Victor Fisher (Sculpture), Hugh Foster (Photography), Alice Gamez (Oils), JP Greenwood (Photography), Carol Heiman-Greene (Oils), Ricky Hill (Sculpture), Lyn Hiner (Acrylics), Baruch Kaufman (Jewelry), Lisa Kijak (Fiber Arts), Peter Levshin (Photography), Dana Lewis (Oils), Gemma Park (Jewelry), Bree Poort (Mixed Media), Janine Salzman (Mixed Media), Pegah Samaie (Oils), Christopher Paul Scardino (Mixed Media), Ken Sugimoto (Sculpture), Chifumi Uehara (Sculpture), and Carrie Zeller (Photography)

These exhibitors were recently juried into the Festival of Arts by a panel of six knowledgeable artists and/or art experts which included Scott Albert, watercolorist; Cathy Cobb, Art Director for Automobile Club of Southern California, Texas Journey and New Mexico Journey magazines; Jordan Dimitrov, sculptor; Mark Jacobucci, painter (alternate); Sarah Jesse, Deputy Director for Orange County Museum of Art; and Evan Senn, Gallery Curator at Golden West College and Art/Art History Instructor at Cal State University Fullerton, Golden West College, and Laguna College of Art and Design.

The exhibit is at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank located at 260 Ocean Ave. It is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts will be holding at Wells Fargo. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. 

For more information call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.

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